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TIME CODE

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Progressive Electronic

3.96 | 4 ratings

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Modrigue
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4 stars Time Code is the second album by YOU and the probably their best. As an electronic german band born in the late 70's, they were much influenced by their elders. Recorded in 1982, released in 1983, the material is the lines of what TANGERINE DREAM was doing at this period with Johannes Schmoelling. Yet, the music is slightly more melodic, with a touch of KRAFTWERK-ian rythms.

YOU's various influences are clearly exposed in the first half of the album. The first two first tracks, Time Code and Future/Past are rather robotic and cold (special mention for the dreamy ending of this song), with patterns in the vein of KRAFTWERK's Showroom Dummies. 20/11/28 and Deep Range, are cosmic and meditative, whereas Taurus-Fantasia sounds like an old-fashioned oriental electronic sound. The second half of the disc oscillates between calm passages and fast sequencer-driven moments. The highlight here is undoubtly the mini-epic Live Line, where the duo fully demonstrates its talent and variety. The record ends with Zone Black, ambient and mysterious.

In conclusion, YOU offers with Time Code enjoyable quality tunes in the direct legacy of the Berlin school. Nothing revolutionnary, but a very good acquisition for 70's sequenced electronic music lovers !

Modrigue | 4/5 |

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